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Social Development Extends Closing Date for Applications of the ECD Employment Stimulus Relief Fund

Pretoria, 19 February 2021: The Department of Social Development has extended the deadline for the closing date of the applications of the ECD-ESRF to the 26 February 2021. In addition, a new web-form (available in three other languages over and above English) to assist with the applications is available on the website. It will allow applicants to save and update their applications as well as check their application status using their reference number.

As at the 17 February 2021, there were a total of 16 114 applications received with 74, 525 ECD employees registered.

As a further support mechanism, the Department in partnership with the DG-Murray Trust has made available 135 non-governmental organizations and 2236 Harambee youth that are distributed throughout the country to assist ECD services to apply. The Provincial Departments of Social Development through their local offices are also available to assist organisations.

Any ECD service that requires such assistance can visit their local Social Development office. They can further send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or contact the call centre on 0800 089 666 and support will be provided.

The Department is encouraged by the response in the number of applications received to date and wished to express its appreciation to the ECD sector and its partners in heeding the solidarity call to assist ECD services to access this much needed support. ECD services that have not yet applied are requested to do so by the extended closing date of the 26 February 2021.
Let us ensure that together, we leave no ECD behind!


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